It has been an amazing ten weeks here at LT. What’s sad is that things are slowing down and the evidence is showing. The participants and see the light at the end of the tunnel and God is doing some amazing things to show that even in the last 10 days, he can still grab you by the horns and display his majesty.
Yesterday is a great example. The staff were instructed yesterday to fast and pray, and man did we pray. We started our day at 9 AM where Jon Shah, LT Program Director, envisioned us for the day. The day started with the staff team praying for about two hours. We were instructed not to focus on what makes as modest or humble, but to ask God what makes us spectacular. What is it about me that God is proud of.
Jon used Isaiah 9:6 as his example:
For to us a child is born,
to us a son is given,
and the government will be on his shoulders.
And he will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.
Jon suggested that we should ask God what describes us has His creation, His delight. When God see’s me, why does he smile? I could tell it was going to be a powerful exercise.
But I didn’t want to see it as an exercise. And when I began to pray, I immediately started to cry. I felt like God telling me things that I’ve always wanted to hear. Things that were are hard to believe, but the fact that he told me rejuvienated me.
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Today, the staff team at LT is spending the entire day fasting and seeking God. Now we are to come before God and ask him how wonderful I am to him. So, I ask to God to show me…me.
This is the first thing that came to my mind. When I think about the trials and the challenges that God has given me, I have faced most of them head-on. God is proud when I look to him for answers to satisfy my heart.
He gave me these verses to remind me of my endurence.
Acts 20:19-20 — You have done the Lord’s work humbly — Yes, and with tears you have endured the trials that
came to you. Yet you never shrank from telling others the truth, either
publicly or in their homes.
2 Corinthians 6:4 — In everything you have done, you have shown to be a true minister of God. You have patiently endured troubles and hardships and calamities of every kind.
God tells me that he is honored when he puts something on my heart and then I take it as a personal responsibility. He fills me with his passion and his love in the places that it matters. He reminds me of this through his Psalm:
Psalm 139:14 — I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made. Your works are wonderful, I know that full well.
God reminds me of the many moments when I’ve talked to people and said something encouraging or something meaningful that caused them to look at God or themselves differently. He reminds me that this isn’t by accident or coincidence. He says that he has moved powerfully in my life and in others to show how important I am in these people’s life. He tells me that he has moved places and time specifcally to make all of my meetings and encounters possible.
(My time is rapidly running out)
God is reminding me of how much I love to perform and enjoy applause and laughter. He did this purposely. He loves it when I remind people through my stories and how I live that this life, although short, is meant to be lived. It is suppose to be fun and exciting. He loves it when I take risks, even when he thinks they are foolish…simply because I am even attempting them. He loves it when I don’t know what I’m doing. And he tells me that he, too, laughs when I perform, cries when I tell a story, and is moved when I perform.
We spent the rest of the day praying for the fall semester, praying for people at LT, praying for different people and different things. All-in-all, it was a wonderfully long day. We broke our fast together at Pizza Hut and it was simply the best pizza I ever had.
Our consistant prayer is that God would interceed on our behalf and grip both the University of Michigan and the University of Maryland. We believe that God is still moving in these places of darkness, that he hasn’t given up hope, that he desires for each person to be free from the bondage of sin. This is his heart. And he wants to move quickly.
I’m excited for the fall semester. I think it’s going to be powerful. I have exciting ideas and naive goals…the perfect ingredents for God’s grace. I look forward to it.